Chair of Court Election 2022

Election for the position of Chair of Court


The University Court is the governing body of the University and is responsible for overseeing the institution's activities, agreeing our strategic direction, and ensuring an environment that allows the University to achieve its objectives and all students and learners to reach their full potential.

The Court approves the University strategy, as well as financial, human resources, estates, and other operational plans which underpin them, and monitors the University's performance in achieving its goals. It is also responsible to the Scottish Funding Council for the proper use of public funds and for establishing and monitoring effective systems of internal control and accountability.

In accordance with the legislative requirements of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act (2016) and the recommendations of the Scottish Code of Good HE Governance (2017), an election will be held from 30 March until 1 April 2022 to identify the Chair of Court to serve from 1 August 2022.

The appointment is for a period of three years in the first instance, renewable for a further 3 years, subject to the terms of the University's Statutes.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of Court. To be effective, they will need to demonstrate a clear commitment to the University's vision, values and strategic goals.

The Chair does not have executive powers, but must ensure that the Court is effectively led in reaching collective decisions and demonstrates good governance in its operations. The Court has a responsibility to ensure that the University is well connected with its internal and external communities, especially its students and staff, and its Chair will act as an ambassador for the University at meetings, events and other occasions and will represent the University on both the UK-wide Committee of University Chairs and, in Scotland, on the Committee of Scottish Chairs.

Following an application and selection process, which has included student and staff groups, two candidates will now contest the election. They are:


Hustings Event

Both candidates will take part in a Hustings event at 17:00 on Monday 28 March. All staff and students are invited to attend and you can join using Microsoft Teams.

The Election Hustings event is an opportunity for staff and students to hear opening statements from the two candidates and participate in a Q&A session, compered by Tricia Bey, Deputy Chair of Court and Chairperson of the Election Appointing Committee.

To view the video of the Hustings event, select UoD Sign-in from the drop-down menu and use your University username and password.

A captioned video of the event can be found here

Lecture theatre

Who can vote

The electorate comprises:

  1. All students fully matriculated on the qualifying date, whether studying full-time or part-time and whether studying in Dundee or at distance, but to the exclusion of associate students;
  2. All staff of the University employed on substantive contracts on the qualifying date, whether full-time or part-time and whether permanent or temporary but to the exclusion of associate and honorary members of staff;
  3. All members of the University Court.

All electors have a single vote, irrespective of whether they fall into more than one category.


Information about the role of the Chair of Court

The Court has 24 members in total and approves the University's strategic plans, as well as financial, human resources, estates, and other operational strategies which underpin them, and monitors the University’s performance in achieving its goals.

Learn more about the Court: